Patients and Caregivers
Excellent - Our physicians and nurses utilize best practices in geriatrics.
Comprehensive and Coordinated – When possible, we provide primary care and specialist physician services in one convenient location where the healthcare team can confer with one another to coordinate patients' care.
Interdisciplinary – Health providers from many different disciplines participate in the care plan for older adults with complex issues. These providers may include physicians, nurses, social workers, psychologists, and dietitians.
Patient-centered - Our goal is to listen to patients and their caregivers and to include them in the decisions that affect their health, well-being, and independence.
Primary care is provided by geriatricians and gerontological nurse practitioners.
A geriatrician is a physician who specializes in the care of older adults. In addition to medical school training,a geriatrician has completed a residency (three years) in either internal medicine or family medicine and then an additional one to two year fellowship that focuses on the special needs of older adults.
A gerontological nurse practitioner is a registered nurse with additional education obtained in a master’s degree program in nursing. This program prepares nurses to deliver primary health care to elderly adults.
Geriatricians and gerontological nurse practitioners are trained to diagnose and treat multiple medical problems and chronic illnesses as well as cognitive and psychological issues that are common in older people, including:
- Difficulty with memory
- Urinary tract disorders
- Decreasing physical function
- Fluctuations in mood
- Sleep and appetite disorders
They are also specially qualified to provide:
- Palliative care
- Medication reviews
- Preventive screenings and immunizations
- Assistance with linking seniors with local services and resources
ACE (Acute Care for Elders) unit at Memorial Hermann Hospital in the Texas Medical Center. An ACE unit is managed by an interdisciplinary team that treats the acute issues of older patients requiring hospitalization and also focuses on prevention of risks that accompany hospitalization. The team works to assure a successful discharge that meets the needs of the patient and family. Nasiya Ahmed, MD directs the service at MH-TMC.
At Outpatient Clinics
Center for Healthy Aging, 6700 West Loop South in Bellaire 713.486.5150. Located in the UT Physicians facility in Bellaire, the Center for Healthy Aging is a comprehensive outpatient clinic for geriatric primary and subspecialist care. Patients may be referred for care to physician subspecialists who have a focused interest in caring for older patients. Specialty care may be provided by orthopedists, neurologists, dentists, cardiologists, psychiatrists, urologists, and others. Patients with memory problems or dementia may be seen in the Brain Health Clinic by an interdisciplinary team that includes a geriatrician, neurologist, geriatric psychiatrist, neuropsychologist, nurse, and geriatric social worker. The clinic space on the first floor is specially designed and accessible for elderly. Lab and imaging services are located on the same floor of the building.
Silver Seniors Clinic - Settegast Community Health Center, 9105 N. Wayside Drive in Houston, tel. 713-633-2020. An outpatient clinic for geriatric primary care. Located in the Settegast Community Health Center near LBJ General Hospital in northeast Houston.
Geriatrics Clinic at UT Health Center at Sienna Village, 8810 Highway 6, Suite 100 in Missouri City, tel. 713-486-1200. An outpatient clinic for geriatric primary care. Located on Highway 6 just west of Fort Bend Parkway.
Geriatrics Clinic at UT Health Clinic at Cinco Ranch, 23923 Cinco Ranch Blvd in Katy, tel. 713-486-5300. An outpatient clinic for geriatric primary care. Located just west of La Centerra Shopping complex, across from Cinco Ranch Junior High School and next to Moody Bank.
Silver Seniors Clinic - Baytown, 1602 Garth Road in Baytown, tel. 281-827-2700. An outpatient clinic for geriatric primary care. Located on Garth Road near the interchange of Highways 146/201 and 330.
Palliative Medicine Clinic at LBJ Hospital, 5656 Kelley Street in Houston, tel. 713-566-4463.Services include an interdisciplinary team approach to symptom control and palliative care for outpatients with life-threatening illnesses. The team includes a physician, social worker, chaplain, and nutritionist. Clinic appointments are offered on Wednesdays from 8 am to 1 pm. The clinic is located in the Medicine Clinic area.
In Homes and Assisted Living Centers - The Center for Healthy Aging at Bellaire and the Settegast Geriatrics Clinic have House Call Programs that provide medical care at the patient's residence.